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An extra special gift

It’s the season of giving, and this year, Magic O’Clock has been gifted something extra special too. A Five Star review by Jeannie Richards, courtesy of her Indies Helping Indies Book Review Project. (Fellow authors, you should check out Jeannie’s IHIBRP details on her website – you won’t regret it).

Magic (as I affectionately call it) is a little story about a father living with dementia while his daughter looks on, helpless and forgotten by him. The disease has stolen her hero from her – except at Magic O’Clock – 3pm – when glimmers of her dad shine resplendently through his tall stories and exaggerated adventures. It’s a story of hope, and a chance to remember that every second counts.

Here’s that lovely review I mentioned:

5.0 out of 5 stars: A Charming But Realistic Tale On Dealing With Dementia!
By Author JB Richardson December 22, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition – Verified Purchase
Seventy-year-old Archie Royle is the author’s dad—her storytelling hero who is stricken with dementia. At this stage in his life, Archie doesn’t know his own daughters or family anymore, and he lives in a world of his own time and making. But even though he struggles to recall the woman who stops in daily to chat with him and hear his stories, he seems quite happy existing in a place where time is irrelevant and hope is boundless.

At only 16 pages, “Magic O’clock” is a very short read, but Fellows’ fictional tale really packs a punch. While she stands by watching helplessly as her father’s condition continues to decline, she offers a unique insight into the world of dementia. This consummate master storyteller expertly demonstrates how Archie weaves an intricate web of wild and amazing adventures as she plays these imaginings against the vivid tapestry of his real-life events.

Certainly, Fellows mirrors her father’s talent and charisma in the telling of her tale. And, her deep and everlasting love for her dad shines through in this story within a story. I highly recommend this touching and charming tale to anyone who is dealing with a parent or loved one suffering with dementia. “Magic O’Clock” offer us the gift of peering out the proverbial window while gently and carefully revealing both the joys and sorrows associated with this disease.

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To say I’m chuffed would be an understatement 🙂 It is indeed a wondrous sight to behold – trust me, I was (and still am) overjoyed at the kind words written about my short story. In fact, I’m overwhelmed by the impact Magic has had, and will hopefully continue to have, on readers.

For anyone living through this right now, all I would say is to cherish the memories you have, make new ones and find the joy in every moment you have with your loved one. Those memories you make will be the blessings that comfort you. Revel in them and hold them tight, save them for those times when you need your own Magic O’clock moment.

If you’d care  to see what the fuss is all about, you can find Magic here.  If you do choose to read it, I hope you enjoy it enough to leave a review. Reviews keep authors writing, and the sequel – Magical Memories – is already in the pipeline, with an April 2018 release beckoning (my dad’s birthday seems a fitting date, don’t you think?)

Thank you for reading 🙂

Merry Christmas everyone – Happy Holidays

dementia · FREE for a limited time · hope · Magic O'Clock

Archie’s story

Welcome to Magic O’Clock,

where time is irrelevant and hope is unlimited.

If dementia has touched your life in some way, then Archie’s story will bring a touch of magic to your day.

Judges have called it “a poignant and compelling piece; emotional and engagingly written; and a moving narrative of finding grace in difficult situation.”

Readers say it’s heartwarming, touching and emotionally gripping: a love story that is beautiful beyond words.

If you have never felt the pain of watching a loved one struggle with Dementia or Alzheimer’s, then Magic O’Clock may not be for you. But, if you can relate to Archie’s daughter, watching on as her father fails to recognise her, then you may enjoy this short and hopeful story.

Magic o’Clock

Archie Royle is a kind, funny, gentle man.
He’s also my dad. My storyteller. My hero.

Except he doesn’t remember my face any more.
His world, these days, doesn’t include me or his family.

Life may have changed for him, but he hasn’t given up on life.
Not at all.
It’s just different.

Dad still tells his stories, albeit for a new audience.
He makes people smile and chuckle. As he always did.

He’s a fighter, a survivor and maybe sometimes too clever for his own good! He’ll surprise you. I can assure you of that.

Welcome to Magic O’Clock, where time is irrelevant and hope is unlimited.

This story is purely fictional, but the emotions are all too real.

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I created this short video to supplement the description. You can view it here (clicking on the link takes you to YouTube)

If you’re tempted to take a further peek, then “Magic” is currently free for a limited time from The Story Cartel. You can get a copy here. You’ll be asked to sign up to the site, but the books there are all offered for free. Who knows you might find a treasure trove of new fictional worlds.

Thanks for reading!

Hopefully, greater awareness will lead to more investment into research for a cure. Hope is really unlimited 🙂

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FREE for a limited time · Magic O'Clock · Readers wanted

Why I am giving my book away for FREE

Magic o’Clock

Yep, you read it right – for FREE

Head on over to The Story Cartel, where you can download a free copy (for Kindle, PDF or EPUB).

All I ask of you is that you then post a review on any book site such as Amazon, B&N or Goodreads

Why Story Cartel?

Story Cartel is a new way for readers and authors to connect.

This is a home to any kind of book you could imagine, from nail-biting thrillers to tender romance novels, serious literary fiction to self-help non-fiction.

Every book is free for a limited time. Now that’s Magic!

The books you see on Story Cartel are all offered free by generous authors in exchange for your honest review. For book lovers, Story Cartel is a resource to discover great books and fresh authors.

Readers support authors by leaving their honest review.

All books on Story Cartel are completely free, but in return you support authors by leaving your honest review, whether good or bad, of the book you downloaded. Your reviews help authors market their books and gives them valuable feedback to improve their writing.

Story Cartel isn’t about buying reviews. It isn’t about manipulating people into giving your book five-star reviews. Story Cartel is about using the power of social media and generosity to help your book spread to the hands of readers who love great books.

If you’re looking for great books, and you’re prepared to leave a review afterwards, then The Story Cartel is perfect for you as a reader.

I hope you’ll join me there and take a copy of Magic too.